Community Care Units
What we do
We operate 80 beds across four Community Care Unit (CCUs) in Flemington, St Albans, Preston and Broadmeadows.
Our four CCUs provide 24 hour recovery-focused rehabilitation in a community residential setting to people who usually have multiple and complex needs.
Our CCUs aim to increase a person's psychosocial independence through a variety of person-centred programs to develop daily living skills. These programs include:
- access to multidisciplinary clinical support and treatment, including regular medical psychiatric review, Allied Health and 24 hour nursing support
- residential rehabilitation programs based on need
- individualised assessment, care planning and review of suitability for less restrictive treatment and care
- psycho-education and support to family/carers and promotion of continued links between people and their family/carers
- monitoring, engagement and support of people receiving compulsory treatment under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 2014
- promotion of community links and partnerships to foster integration into the broader community
The CCU provides specialised services to consumers who are already registered with a local area mental health service, and:
- have moderate to severe psychiatric illness and associated disability with significantly reduced psycho-social functioning
- are aged 18-64 years
- require intensive recovery-oriented community residential treatment and intervention to reduce the impact of ongoing mental illness, evidenced by multiple admissions in last 12 months and intensive outreach support required
- are willing to engage on some level with a multidisciplinary team, and risks are manageable in an open community set up
- reside in the appropriate catchment area for a NorthWestern Mental Health service
- due to their illness and disability, cannot live in an alternative community setting
Considerations are given to consumers who have complex needs, this may include, in addition to a psychiatric component, multiple disabilities associated with:
- drug and/or alcohol
- Intellectual disability
- personality traits or disorder
- challenging behaviours
Consideration is also given to consumers who demonstrate a willingness to be collaboratively involved in psycho-social rehabilitation with identified goals such as financial, self-care and vocational.
Find out more about Community Care Unit (CCU) locations.